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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host webinar launching “Addressing Veteran Unemployment” report on Sept. 2


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a webinar to launch the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies’ report titled “Addressing Veteran Unemployment: A Case Study,” which explores the challenge of veteran underemployment and efforts to address the issue. This virtual event is hosted by the Merrill Center.
The webinar will feature a discussion between the report’s author, Thomas G. Mahnken, Director of External Programs and Senior Research Professor at the Merrill Center, and retired U.S. Army General Jack Keane focused on the population of post-9/11 veterans and value of mentorship programs in meeting veterans’ needs.
The full report is available here.


Thomas G. Mahnken 
Director of External Programs and Senior Research Professor, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
General (Ret.) Jack Keane
President, GSI Consulting
Chairman, Institute of Institute for the Study of War

Time and Date

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020


This webinar is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620

About the Speakers

Thomas G. Mahnken is a Senior Research Professor and the Director of External Programs at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He currently serves as a member of the Congressionally-mandated National Defense Strategy Commission and as a member of the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University. His previous government career includes service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning from 2006–2009, where he helped craft the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and 2008 National Defense Strategy. Mahnken served on the staff of the 2014 National Defense Panel, 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, and the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. He served in the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment and as a member of the Gulf War Air Power Survey. Mahnken was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 2009 and the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal in 2016. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve for more than 20 years, including tours in Iraq and Kosovo.
Mahnken is the author of  “The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging U.S.-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development,” “Arms Races in International Politics from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century,” “Strategy in Asia: The Past, Present and Future of Regional Security,” “Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice,” “Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945,” and “Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918–194,” among other works.
General Jack Keane is president of GSI Consulting. He serves as chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and the Knollwood Foundation; executive chairman of AM General; director of General Dynamics, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the Smith Richardson Foundation; member of the Commission on National Defense Strategy selected by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, the late Senator John McCain; and a former and recent member, for nine years, of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board. He is also a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University, and an advisor to the George C. Marshall Foundation.
General Keane, a four-star general, completed nearly 40 years of public service in December 2003, culminating in his appointment as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. General Keane appears before Congress regularly, offering testimony on matters of foreign policy and national security. He serves as the senior military analyst for Fox News and speaks throughout the country on leadership and national security. A career infantry paratrooper, General Keane is a combat veteran of Vietnam, decorated for valor, who spent much of his military life in operational commands where he commanded the famed 101st Airborne Division and the legendary 18th Airborne Corps, the Army’s largest war fighting organization. General Keane graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree and received a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College.

Merrill Center for Strategic Studies 

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies operates as a center for strategic thought and education. It explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power — from the use of terror by small, non-state groups, to the threatened use of nuclear weapons — aiming to promote dialogue and innovative research on pressing national security issues.

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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